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Y&R and Dallas Alum, Oscar Winner George Kennedy Has Died

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George Kennedy,  the Oscar-winning star of 1967’s Cool Hand Luke, which also starred Paul Newman has died at age 91, his grandson, Cory Schenkel confirmed.

Kennedy died in his sleep at his Boise, Idaho home early Sunday morning, the day of the Academy Awards.  He had been in failing health ever since his wife Joan died a little over a year ago. George had been under hospice care for the past month.

In the soaps, Kennedy is most remembered for his guest stints on The Young and the Restless playing Victor Newman’s despicable father, Albert Miller.  Kennedy first played the role in 2003 and then reprised it again in 2010.   Victor’s relationship with his father gave Eric Braeden some of the finest material of his career as the complex Victor.  Albert had abandoned his family, causing his son to be raised in an orphanage.

CBS original primetime soap Dallas also featured Kennedy as Carter McKay, one of the Ewing families bitter enemies from 1988 to 1991.  Geroge also played the role in two follow-up TV movies, 1996’s Dallas: J.R. Returns and 1998’s Dallas: War of the Ewings.  In addition, Kennedy appeared in several of the 70’s major disaster films including the original Airport and several sequels, as well as in Earthquake.  In the 80’s, he would appear in The Naked Gun franchise of films along with Leslie Nielsen.

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After the jump, watch George Kennedy as Albert on The Young and the Restless in scenes with Eric Braeden and Joshua Morrow (Nick).  Then share your thoughts on the passing of this talented actor in the comment section below!

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Sad news…i remember seeing those disaster flicks at the movies when they had 1.00 days at our two cinemas…then i would buy popcorn for 1.00 and a drink for 50 cents and an ice cream sandwich for 75 cents…that today would cost me 20 dollars or more but i havent seen a movie in years…i actually did not know GK was still around-sad news…over a week ago i attended a cousins funeral and nearly lost my sister-her son is still ill and im not too well-horrible month.

Timmm
Timmm

Jim, you are a walking “Soap Opera!” You have my prayers my good man!

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks…i can use them.

Rose
Rose

Jimh…I think there’s something to be said for I not getting more “news” than anyone needs to know all of the time. I’m still recovering from David Bowie. Sorry you’re feeling poorly. But spring is supposed to be coming soon. 🙁

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Thanks…there has been some slight improvement…staying positive.

Timmm
Timmm

Rest George! Miss Cee, I hope you watch these two clips. What an amazing job in both clips. Yes Victor is and always was about family BUT its interesting to see where all his anger comes from. He did such an amazing job in both scenes! What I find interesting is he and Adam’s relationship seems to be heading down the same path time and time again like Victor and his dad’s did! You think Victor would learn something from this?

Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

Very sorry to hear of George Kennedy’s death. What a magnificent career he had. I will always remember his tremendous talent and the dynamic strength he brought to every character and every performance. Thank you Mr. Kennedy for so much outstanding entertainment. May you rest in peace.

Mo
Mo

RIP – loved him in Naked Gun and Airport.

Sandy J.
Sandy J.

George was always one of my favourite actors; he could play any role convincingly and make it look very easy. Loved him in the Airport movies especially.
May he now rest peacefully with his wife. I send my sincere condolences to his other family members.

nicholas
nicholas

Such a damn shame that death has to take place . All the wonderful talents and all these wonderful people that we have lost through the years . RIP George .

nellie
nellie

so sad.

Patrick
Patrick

George Kennedy opening line.. on his acceptance speech for his best supporting Oscar… for “Cool Hand Luke”

” I could Bust ”

just a genuine mans man who endeared the audience… heck I swooned

Loved that he was in a movie with Bette Davis

“hush, hush, sweet Charlotte”

Rose
Rose

George Kennedy represented a solid, versatile actor, the type of which you don’t see much of anymore. So glad to hear he had a long career. RIP.

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Sad news to report for fans of the iconic primetime soap, Dallas.  Ken Kercheval, who played the thorn in J.R. Ewing’s (Larry Hagman) side, Cliff Barnes, has passed away.   The actor was 83 and died at his home in Indiana on Sunday.   The cause of death is under wraps.  He had been previously open about being a lung cancer survivor after years of smoking.

Kercheval was on Dallas for its entire run on CBS from 1978 to 1991, and returned to the TNT reboot from 2012 to 2014 to reprise his signature role.

On Dallas, Cliff Barnes was always the perennial loser when he went toe to toe with ruthless J.R, but in the final season, Cliff beats J.R at his own game and takes over Ewing Oil.  Cliff was also hopelessly in love with Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) and was the brother to Pam Barnes, played by Victoria Principal.

As for Ken’s first big acting breaks, that came on daytime soap operas when early in his career he appeared on Search for Tomorrow and How to Survive a Marriage.

Later, he appeared on episodic dramas such as Starsky & Hutch, and Crossing Jordan.  His final role was in a movie, 2019’s Surviving in L.A. said to be a comedy/drama in which he plays the business manager of a former teen sitcom star who trashed her life through drug abuse and is fresh out of rehab.

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In this week’s tis’ the season episode of the comedy series, American Housewife, none other than former  Dallas and The Bold and the Beautiful star Patrick Duffy returns to TV, when in story, Katie (Katie Nixon) strives to keep her long-separated parents apart when her father, Marty (Duffy), arrives in time to surprise the Otto family for Christmas.  The episode is aptly titled, “Saving Christmas”

This then puts Marty face-to-face and toe-to-toe with ex-wife Kathryn, played by the wonderful Wendie Malick.

Soap fans will remember the Hot in Cleveland crossover between Malick and Susan Lucci of All My Children.

The first look photos of Duffy on American Housewife were first delivered by ABC to TV Insider.

The Duffy-esque episode airs on Wednesday December 12th (8:30pm EST)

For Dallas fans, they are still wishing that that somehow the show will still come back in another incarnation after its latest (the TNT version) was canned after three seasons.

Will you be checking out Patrick on American Housewife? What do you think of the ponytail look? Comment below.

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On Wednesday, nominations were announced for the 7th Annual Indie Series Awards.  The ISA’s celebrate the best in independently produced scripted entertainment created for the Web.  Nominations this year were announced in 30 categories.

Online series which featured stars of your favorite daytime dramas took three of the top four spots that led all fields in total nominations.  Michael Caruso’s Winterthorne scored a record-tying 13 nominations, followed by Gregori J. Martin’s The Bay with 12, and Kit Williamson’s EastSiders with 10.   The series Hollywood Wasteland also scored 11 nominations.

The winners will be announced in ceremonies on April 6th at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, and the awards show will be hosted by Days of our Lives Eric Martsolf (Brady) and Jen Lilley (Theresa) starting at 8PMPST.

The nominations were revealed within a very special video presentation hosted by actress Jillian Claire, which features a cameo by Eric Martsolf.

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